DV survivors focus on self-care and self-love
Samantha is an advocate of self-love, self-worth, and self-healing. She works as an Engagement Specialist for S:US and founded Essential Boss Babe LLC in 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Samantha created the Heart-to-Heart Self-Care and Self-Love Affirmation Deck to teach women how to practice healing from within. Samantha wanted to create a way to bring people together from the comfort of their homes, by providing them with different tools and resources such as affirmation cards and candles. She also facilitated virtual events via Facebook Live, which taught women to practice care, love and healing virtually, on their own time.
During Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Samantha donated several decks to the two domestic violence (DV) shelters that S:US operates. “As a survivor of domestic violence myself, I wanted to donate my heart-to-heart affirmation cards for women to use as a steppingstone towards a brighter future,” said Samantha.
The S:US-operated DV shelters held events to share the decks. At one event, they served refreshments while residents mingled and shared some of their experiences and upcoming goals. A couple of case managers shared some inspiring words and presented the residents with self-care kits, plus an activity for their children.
The event ended with asking the residents “What does this donation mean to you?” Below are a few statements they shared.
“This is a great act of kindness”
“A humanitarian act of showing appreciation”
“Act of appreciation on them overcoming a traumatic time of their life”
“A contribution of benefits for acts of appreciation”
We are grateful to Samantha for her thoughtfulness and compassion in sharing her tools and resources to support DV survivors. Thank you to our amazing staff for supporting the families in our shelter, in stabilizing their lives and in helping them find permanent housing.